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Summer Survival Guide For You and Your Pet

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The Animal Hospital at Summerfield, NC  Shares Summer Survival Guide For You and Your Pet

The summer is a great season to celebrate outdoors with your friends and family. While the weather is nice, the grill is hot, and the fireworks plentiful it is important to be mindful of how this day can impact your pets. Let’s take a closer look at some potential dangers for your pet in the summer.


Please remember that some human food can be toxic to pets. Foods that are high in fat content, cheeses, and desserts can lead to diarrhea and vomiting. Further, remember that dogs don't understand that food coming right off the grill is hot. Protect food by keeping it high and out of reach of potential counter surfers. An animal can easily be burned by grabbing hot food off a plate.


Typically during summer, it’s really hot outside. Pay close attention to your animal to watch for any signs of distress which may be heatstroke. Dogs are not able to sweat like humans can and rely on panting to cool their bodies. Be sure to keep plenty of water within easy reach of your animals and only exercise during cooler times.

Lost Pets

With so much commotion going on with friends and family around it is easy to have your pets get loose. Please be sure that guests in your home are aware of the pets in the home and are mindful when opening and closing doors. Be sure that dogs are on their leash and watched closely. In case of an escape, make sure that all of your animals have proper identification with up to date phone numbers.

Contact us at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield, NC Today!

For other pet ideas please call The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt. Our professional team will gladly connect you with a veterinarian to speak with. Call today at (336)-643-2229. Our office is conveniently located at 1012 NC Hwy 150 W, Summerfield, NC 27358.


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  • "I have been taking my 16 year old lab, Oscar, to this vet since he came to me in 2004, and I wouldn't take any of my dogs anywhere else! They are so wonderful with both pets and people. I would recommend any of the doctors and staff to anyone."
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  • "We have been going to another vet for years. We wanted to have our year old Wheaten Terrier, Rylee spayed by laparoscopy so she would have less pain and be back to her usual activity in 2-3 days instead of 10-14 days. Our vet does the traditional spay. We had a consult meet and greet with Dr. Courtney Pierce. She answered all our questions and so friendly and professional. They have a state of the art OR suite. Rylee did great. On post op day three she spotted a squirrel and did an all out chase with no ill effects! All the staff were great."
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  • "I love Dr. Jernigan at AHLB and would never take my dog anywhere else! The staff is excellent with animals and always professional, courteous and respectful to owners. I have trusted this animal hospital for all of my dog's care, including check ups, surgeries (she's had three!) and for boarding when we have to go out of town. Every experience I have had here has been wonderful and I highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a veterinary office for their furry children!."
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